Corbin Lichtinger faced a unique challenge when he arrived. “These kids have a very different relationship with food than most other Americans their age,” he says. “Where they grew up, people were dying from a lack of it.”
To help create a sense of certainty, Lichtinger gave each student a section of the garden to call his or her own. “It ignited a real sense of ownership,” he says.
Lichtinger also worked alongside the developers of a nutrition program for moms, showing them how to reduce sodium and sugar. “When you’re not sure when the next meal is going to come, you cook in a different way.”
“There’a s profound learning experience going on here–for the students and for me. It’s helping me better understand how to view food.”
Corbin Lichtinger is a FoodCorps service member working with St. Mary’s Nutrition Centerin Lewiston, Maine.